30-year-old Frenchman Eric Prodan
broke into the top 100 this year without playing any ATP tournaments.
He only tried to qualify for Miami but failed and qualified for the French Open where he lost in the first round.
But Prodan won 4 challenger titles and is # 86 in the rankings right now.
He only beat one Top 100 player (world # 92 Zeballos) on the way to these titles.
In fact he only beat 2 Top 100 players the last 2 years and is now a Top 100 player himself.
Last year he got his ranking from # 300 up by winning 6 Futures titles.
All credit to climbing up the rankings the hard way
BUT: Are the lower tournaments overrated?
Is it ok to have players in the top 100 that don't even compete on ATP level?
Btw: It will change automatically 2012 since Prodan will make the cut for the Slams and some ATP tournaments.
Then he gotta prove if he belongs to that level of tournaments.